Basement Sate

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Description

Basement Sate brings a hearty dose of Parisian chic to the centre of Soho. A venue with its fingers in many pies, this is your go-to bar if you're searching for a quick sweet nibble, a drink with friends and some hardcore dancing towards the end of the night. The bar itself embodies the characteristics of London's finer bars; dark wood, intimate spaces, exposed brick and design-led interiors. The focus here is more on the details in the food and drinks however.

Basement Sate serves exquisite dessert plates to pair with their alcoholic concoctions. So go on and satiate your curiosity - and your sweet tooth - on a late night venture into central London sometime soon.

Cocktail and Pastry Classes:

Pastry:

Basement Sate is now opening its kitchen for pâtisserie-curious. In the course of two hours you'll be transported into a world of sweets and delights in which you'll learn to make all kinds of French pastries, such as macaroons, meringue-based lemon tarts, chocolate éclairs... No pastry will any longer be a mystery for you!

(maximum group of 5, £70 per person)

Bar:

In two hours long classes you will learn about the history of any spirits and the cocktails created with them. You will then step behind the bar as the bartender will help you craft your own cocktail while explaining to you the hows and whys it should be made this way - all of course according to your own taste. Likely a good opportunity to wow your friends and family with newfound expertise - or just the pleasure of sharing a good drink with them.

(maximum group of 14, £40 per person)

Info

No Door Charge
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
Soho
18
No music
None

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
18:00 00:00
18:00 01:30
18:00 01:30
18:00 01:30
18:00 01:30
18:00 01:30
18:00 00:00

Location

Basement Sate
8 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 8HN

Area:
Central London

Nearest station:
Tottenham Court Road (Tube)
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Menus

Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £5.00
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £5.00
Cocktail £9.00
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £6.00
Bottle of Champagne £70.00

Menus

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This venue serves Fine Dining food.

A word from the chef:
Basement Sate serves a range of desserts priced between £6 and £8 to satisfy your sweet tooth. The menu is carefully constructed by acclaimed pastry chef Romain Rocher and is as delicious as it is experimental.

Our Review

Basement Sate - Cocktail Bar Review

Basement Sate - Cocktail Bar Review

“This is not a brothel, there are no prostitutes at this address”. Somewhat disappointed but having found the brass plaque on the wall outside emblazoned with the writing ‘Basement Sate’, this was definitely the right place,...

Read our full Basement Sate - Cocktail Bar Review review

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Seated
Capacity
Standing
Cost Min spend
Midweek*
Min spend
Weekend*
Full Venue Hire Venue Hire 110 £2000 £5500
Bar Area Basement Space 40
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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Nice venue, lovely cocktails and friendly staff visited Basement Sate on 18 Nov 2017
20 Nov 2017 by
5

Great whisky selection but cocktails were sweet. Service when the bar was average busy was great but once it was busy there was not enough staff and the service dropped. visited Basement Sate on 18 Nov 2017
20 Nov 2017 by
2

I have been to Basement Sate a few times and enjoyed it previously, but was disappointed at my last visit. Our group of 5 was stuck in the back out of site, despite the fact that the place was mostly empty and it was early (7pm on a Saturday). The space was also uncomfortable for a group of 5. Interestingly, a group of two were seated next to us in the same size space. If it were crowded I would understand, but as I mentioned, the place was largely empty. Our group had an event to attend and were only booked from 7-8:30, so we wanted to maximize out time at basement state. However, our location made it difficult to get service and even harder to pay out, so we ended up being late to our event. My cocktails were ok, but not as good as previous visits. The servers were all very friendly, and I understand that cocktails are usually a bit slower, but I ultimately felt frustrated with the whole experience. visited Basement Sate on 18 Nov 2017
20 Nov 2017 by
2

Lovely place for a date. Very busy on a Saturday night so make sure you book. Very attentive staff! Sarah visited Basement Sate on 18 Nov 2017
20 Nov 2017 by
5

Lovely welcome and service from the friendly staff! Perfect table away from the bar with a fantastic menu (dessert & drinks), having a vegan option that was so well thought out made the evening for me, as it’s hard to find good vegan options sometimes. Was a perfect night for my partner and I celebrating our 1 year anniversary together. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone! I would also recommend reserving a table and getting there early when possible as it gets busy in the later evening as expected. Will definitely be back! Thank you. visited Basement Sate on 18 Nov 2017
20 Nov 2017 by
5

Great venue, great service and great food & drinks visited Basement Sate on 14 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017 by
5

A safe heaven on any given Friday night, where everywhere else is horrendously busy. Great to start te night, catch up with friends or a date. Giorgia visited Basement Sate on 10 Nov 2017
13 Nov 2017 by
5

Great cocktails and service! Ambience was superb with the music good but not too loud so could still hold a conversation. Loved the chocolate cigars too, they are a must!!!! Definitely will be re-visiting!!!! visited Basement Sate on 04 Nov 2017
06 Nov 2017 by
5

Great friendly service and a cool place out of the way of the hustle and bustle of Soho mgordo visited Basement Sate on 04 Nov 2017
06 Nov 2017 by
5

Nice, chilled and friendly place. Amazing puddings. Fun place to end a relaxed evening. visited Basement Sate on 28 Oct 2017
30 Oct 2017 by
4

Great Venue amazing service will be going again soon, and would highly recommend! visited Basement Sate on 25 Oct 2017
27 Oct 2017 by
5

Adorable staff! Great cocktails! Thank you visited Basement Sate on 12 Oct 2017
17 Oct 2017 by
5

Really tasty and intetesting cocktails, priced around £12. Chilled vibe with music low enough to have decent conversation. Service was mediocre and not enough menus for each table. visited Basement Sate on 14 Oct 2017
16 Oct 2017 by
3

Great service, incredibly fast, never waited more than several minutes for my order. Waiters are always around when you need them, all very friendly. Great atmosphere and very cosy. visited Basement Sate on 12 Oct 2017
14 Oct 2017 by
5

Perfect night. We had a table booked and our waitress was amazing. Such a great ambience - we really had a great time - thank you! visited Basement Sate on 07 Oct 2017
09 Oct 2017 by
5

WAYYYY too loud. Rude at the door despite pre-paying and having a large reservation. Server didn't follow direction to let 1 person pay at the table (it was someone's birthday, which had been specified in the reservation) and the idea was to not have him pay - and in the end the server had him pay the entire bill!!!!!! In summary - totally bad service and not a fun place. Also quite trashy sorry to say. visited Basement Sate on 07 Oct 2017
09 Oct 2017 by
1

Yet another epic trip to the 'hush hush' location in the heart of London Staff: Awesome - knowledge of cocktails and deserts are exceptional Ambience: Sophisticated chic Cocktails & Deserts: Epic One if not the best bars in London by far, hence why I always come back :-) visited Basement Sate on 04 Oct 2017
08 Oct 2017 by
5

Lovely drinks, great atmosphere and friendly staff. visited Basement Sate on 04 Oct 2017
06 Oct 2017 by
5

Basement State has a great atmosphere and superb gin and tonics. Ideal for an intimate evening drink. Would definitely go again. visited Basement Sate on 01 Oct 2017
03 Oct 2017 by
5

The doorman was really pleasant and the staff treated us really enthusiastically all the time we were there. A really buzzing place with an excellent choice of drinks. visited Basement Sate on 29 Sep 2017
01 Oct 2017 by
5

Good food and drinks - great looking venue visited Basement Sate on 18 Sep 2017
20 Sep 2017 by
4

Lovely environment, not packed, music just about right so you can chat - excellent location. visited Basement Sate on 16 Sep 2017
18 Sep 2017 by
5

Enjoyed the decor and it was good for a place to drink and chat. However, for apparent table service I had to get up several times and it's not too busy to see people need topping up. Also asked about the fact that I had mentioned it was my friend's birthday when I booked and he replied 'Everyone's having s birthday' lots of attitude for no reason. Then suggested if I wasn't happy he would take off service, so we did. Bad attitude staff so will not return which is a shame. Nicole visited Basement Sate on 06 Sep 2017
08 Sep 2017 by
2

Service was impeccable - nice atmosphere, nice vibe, decent cocktails and top desserts visited Basement Sate on 10 Aug 2017
30 Aug 2017 by
5

I'll come back as soon as possible. Amazing Bar, friendly service and terrific food! visited Basement Sate on 10 Aug 2017
18 Aug 2017 by
5

Nice place to sit, chat and have a cocktail. If you are going, just remember that drinks take a little time to make, so you need to be patient. Music wasn't too loud, so could have a conversation easily. Downside, some of the tables/seating area is a little close to each other. visited Basement Sate on 09 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017 by
4

So so, nice place but really poor service, seems like stuff has not much experience visited Basement Sate on 04 Aug 2017
06 Aug 2017 by
3

Staff including security were all brilliant visited Basement Sate on 29 Jul 2017
01 Aug 2017 by
5

Cool speakeasy atmosphere, great cocktails, if a little weak and very good desserts with great service too. would highly recommend. visited Basement Sate on 26 Jul 2017
28 Jul 2017 by
4

Very relaxed, great drinks, fun evening. Good for us, we were 12 people so can be hard to accommodate but it was easy. visited Basement Sate on 16 Jul 2017
18 Jul 2017 by
5

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. Cocktail deliciious and venue very nice. Would definitely repeat the exprience. visited Basement Sate on 14 Jul 2017
17 Jul 2017 by
5

Have to admit, I was slightly skeptical of the place before my visit given other reviews of the place re: staff being rude etc. However, I can categorically state that I did not experience anything like that, the staff were welcoming, extremely polite and accommodating and most importantly the drinks and deserts were awesome especially the Cigar desert.. visited Basement Sate on 15 Jul 2017
17 Jul 2017 by
5

Cocktails and desserts were good. However music was a bit loud and had to shout a bit to talk but overall it was a good experience, thank you. visited Basement Sate on 15 Jul 2017
17 Jul 2017 by
4

An intimate venue with great service, innovative cocktails and delicious desserts. Definitely will be visiting again soon! visited Basement Sate on 11 Jul 2017
13 Jul 2017 by
5

really nice atmosphere, comfortable sofas and the cocktails were great. Would definitely visit again. visited Basement Sate on 04 Jul 2017
06 Jul 2017 by
4

We came here for a date night and it was perfect, low lighting cozy places to sit and some funky tunes. Staff were really attentive and friendly. We had 2 cocktails and 2 cakes and the bill was £48. The cakes were awesome though think heston - there aren't like you think they will be! Cocktails were lovely, and there was an extensive drinks list. Really enjoyed the evening and we would come back :) visited Basement Sate on 23 Jun 2017
25 Jun 2017 by
5

Was a lovely ambiance and the staff were really friendly and helpful. Really enjoyed our night. Just think the cocktails could have been fruitier😊 visited Basement Sate on 16 Jun 2017
18 Jun 2017 by
4

Love the interior, the atmosphere and the service. Great drinks and affordable prices. Thanx alot! Mats visited Basement Sate on 03 Jun 2017
06 Jun 2017 by
5

Where do I start? Booked at table for 4 and we thought it was a practical joke on how small the table and the one inch high leather benches they called our 'seats' were. We then proceeded to ask if we could move to a seat with at least a back on it - although there were 3 other tables that had just that (and were completely empty at the time) but we couldn't because they were 'reserved' - even though we were only staying for 30mins. Whilst we were there for those 30mins, no one showed to claim those seats. The waiter then asked if we were ok once we had moved to the hottest little wooden hut of a table at the back of the bar, we asked the waiter why their furniture was SO uncomfortable, to which he replied 'I don't know.. what the hell do you want me to do about it!?' Point is: if your furniture is comfortable and customers feel relaxed... THEY SPEND MORE!! Point made. visited Basement Sate on 02 Jun 2017
04 Jun 2017 by
1

Great atmosphere, staff and comfy sofas! Really great place visited Basement Sate on 28 May 2017
30 May 2017 by
5

Flawless and very friendly place! visited Basement Sate on 28 May 2017
30 May 2017 by
5

Really lovely bar, nicely lit and decorated, with the winning combination of two of my favourite things: desserts and cocktails. We shared the banoffee dessert which everyone agreed was delicious (although, like most fancy desserts, unsurprisingly tiny) and one of my friends had the Made in Ecuador cocktail which she said was one of the best cocktails she's ever had. It's not the cheapest of places but it's fairly standard prices for central London and the service was top notch. I'd definitely return, though I'd probably aim for a Thurs/Fri/Sat eve instead of a Wednesday as I think there'd be more of a vibe/atmosphere. Thanks for having us! visited Basement Sate on 17 May 2017
23 May 2017 by
5

Brilliant service. Drinks recommended to go with the desert wad incredible. visited Basement Sate on 20 May 2017
22 May 2017 by
5

Brilliant and quirky desserts and drinks, wonderful and friendly staff although it was difficult to get service when required visited Basement Sate on 12 May 2017
16 May 2017 by
4

Just went here and even though the cocktails were nice, we had an unhelpful server who told me he couldn't make any of the options with dairy, dairy-free. Even when it meant just leaving out one ingredient in a cocktail. There was no asking the barman or chef anything, he just said no. I don't expect places to have dairy free or vegan options, but when the prices are that high I expect the staff to meet you in the middle or at least try and help. Oh and this was off-peak, we were the only 2 people there. I wouldn't go back.
12 May 2017 by
2

This place is amazing, secretly hidden. Great ambience and really good staff! This place is really good for date nights and casual drinking. The dessert and cocktails were phenomenal! You guys have to try it :)
09 May 2017 by
5

Wonderful place with great music and candle-lit coves! Yuta visited Basement Sate on 06 May 2017
08 May 2017 by
5

We enjoyed our time here. visited Basement Sate on 04 May 2017
06 May 2017 by
5

Good service, nice cocktails and delicious desserts. The only con is that the dessert are tiny, about 1/3 the size of normal. visited Basement Sate on 29 Apr 2017
02 May 2017 by
4

Excellent evening! Glad we booked with Basement Sate to invite our friends visiting London for Saturday night cocktails. visited Basement Sate on 22 Apr 2017
24 Apr 2017 by
5

Cool place. Staff are great, cocktails are great. Carrot cake looked great, served in a plant pot... but didn't taste like carrot cake... more like a dodgy flavoured tiramisu. Gina visited Basement Sate on 21 Apr 2017
23 Apr 2017 by
5

Venue is a good space and the back bar looks great. Unfortunately, the service we received was really really poor. We had a booking and nobody showed us to our table nor came over and took drinks order. One of us had to go up and order and waited the whole the time while the bartender made the drink only to be told at the end he could pay later - really surprised he didn't say that at the beginning and get the drinks brought over to us. The other tables had water and none was brought to us. The bar was out of the ingredients of one of the cocktails which the staff member didn't mention when he gave us the menu - perhaps with a bigger menu you'd get away with this but not here. Finally, we went up to the bar to pay and leave and none of the staff acknowledged us, let alone ask how our drinks were. It's worth pointing out, this was on a quiet Wednesday night so it's not as if they were being slammed by customers. I'd heard really great things about Basement Sate so I have to say I was really quite disappointed. I went along to Opium afterwards and the experience there was literally the opposite. visited Basement Sate on 19 Apr 2017
21 Apr 2017 by
2

The staff were very nice and very helpful visited Basement Sate on 14 Apr 2017
17 Apr 2017 by
5

Overrated! Cocktail bar but all drinks served in the same glasses, very expensive for a gin with a bit of rose petal in it. visited Basement Sate on 14 Apr 2017
16 Apr 2017 by
2

More a bar than a dessert place. Hard to find. Overpriced. Good service though. visited Basement Sate on 30 Mar 2017
11 Apr 2017 by
2

Great night. The staff were extremely accommodating- they did everything they could to make my birthday celebrations a hit. X visited Basement Sate on 07 Apr 2017
09 Apr 2017 by
5

Great atmosphere, tasty drinks and at a good price. visited Basement Sate on 02 Apr 2017
04 Apr 2017 by
5

The desserts were nice, but the cocktails were overpriced and there was no ambiance. I visited this place a few times last year and it was very nice, but this time it was extremely loud with loud music and very busy with a lot of people. Also, I'd booked a table for five but got seated on extremely low seats (not even seats, more like a sofa foot rest). It was extremely uncomfortable and we literally at 20 cm from the floor. Shame, I really used to like this place! We left after an hour and a 140 pound bill. visited Basement Sate on 01 Apr 2017
03 Apr 2017 by
2

Good service. Snug worked really well if a little tight for 10 people. Spill out space just outside the door so all in all it worked well. Thank you for helping out night go smoothly visited Basement Sate on 01 Apr 2017
03 Apr 2017 by
4

A bit disconcerted by the sign at the door advising us that "this is not a brothel"!!! And there was no actual sign for the bar. However, once we found it and got over the brothel reference we liked the venue - atmosphere was very good and the cocktails were also good. Would re-visit. visited Basement Sate on 25 Mar 2017
27 Mar 2017 by
4

Great cocktails and desserts! It was just a bit dark in the corner booth tables. visited Basement Sate on 25 Mar 2017
27 Mar 2017 by
5

Perfect spot for some nice after dinner drinks with a great team looking after everyone really well. visited Basement Sate on 23 Mar 2017
25 Mar 2017 by
5

Really nice, original cocktails and relaxed atmosphere. visited Basement Sate on 21 Mar 2017
23 Mar 2017 by
5

Lovely vibe and decor,I will definitely try to make it back here to try more of the delicious cocktails. Nisrine visited Basement Sate on 18 Mar 2017
22 Mar 2017 by
4

Experience was good but full bill wasn't delivered at the end after half the party had left meaning one person had to pay £50 for peoples drinks - not good! visited Basement Sate on 18 Mar 2017
20 Mar 2017 by
3

Great evening. Nice atmosphere and great cocktails William visited Basement Sate on 18 Mar 2017
20 Mar 2017 by
5

Great communication while booking our night. Cathleen was very responsive and accommodating. Drinks were great and had a really nice chilled out atmosphere. Will definitely go back. visited Basement Sate on 11 Mar 2017
13 Mar 2017 by
5

I had booked a "snuggle booth" for my birthday. I had been there before but my experience this time was completely different. The place was understaffed and packed. We received no table service except once. We tried getting the staffs attention but they pretty much waved back frantically and disappeared. Staff ended up being rude and dismissive. They asked me twice for a card to start a tab, i explained i already gave them my card, it was just a big mess. I do not recommend going here. Alexander visited Basement Sate on 04 Mar 2017
06 Mar 2017 by
1

Great atmosphere and helpful staff. Drinks very expensive though. Ann-Marie visited Basement Sate on 03 Mar 2017
05 Mar 2017 by
5

Service was prompt and offered great advice on drinks. Would definitely recommend. visited Basement Sate on 03 Mar 2017
05 Mar 2017 by
5

Had a good sitting area reserved, good atmosphere. I think the drinks are too pricey they need to bring them down by £2-£3 at least! visited Basement Sate on 24 Feb 2017
26 Feb 2017 by
4

Very pleased with the service, ambiance is superb, and cake and cocktails fit for a birthday celebration. Will definitely come back for another relaxing evening with or special occasion. visited Basement Sate on 23 Feb 2017
25 Feb 2017 by
5

Venue doesn't particularly stand out from all the similar speakeasy places in London now. Decent music. Need to book seats. Cocktails tried too hard with average results. Toilets were disgusting.
25 Feb 2017 by
2

Lovely little speak easy bar, off the beaten track. We were the first ones there on a Friday night but within minutes it was filled with people but not overcrowded. Sevice was friendly and they had a good selection of cocktails, check if it is within your budget before you go... we stayed for 3 drinks each and a couple of snacks and ended up spending quite a bit but no regrets as we had a lovely time. Great for dates! Nikkita visited Basement Sate on 17 Feb 2017
20 Feb 2017 by
5

It was relatively ok, nice chilled out environment. Very strict with table times. So make sure you arrive on time. Also it wasn't too full whilst we were there (6-8), and we weren't asked if we wanted another drink till 7:35pm, in which case at 8, I had to down my 2nd drink, because we had to remove ourselves from the table. The two drinks I did have were really nice, and the staff are friendly. visited Basement Sate on 14 Feb 2017
16 Feb 2017 by
4

Although slightly pricey overall, the cocktails are beautifully presented and very creative. The deserts absolutely delicious and decedent. The staff are lovely too. visited Basement Sate on 14 Feb 2017
16 Feb 2017 by
4

Perfect cocktails and really good service! visited Basement Sate on 13 Feb 2017
15 Feb 2017 by
4

Got there at opening place felt quite cold. Service ok but faltered as it got busy. Not much alcohol in the cocktails mainly sugar syrups. Waiter said there was a fault on the till they couldn't input drinks but they could take money. Not sure they have ever heard of the old fashion way of writing things down. visited Basement Sate on 11 Feb 2017
13 Feb 2017 by
3

My experience was really disappointing. The doorman was unfriendly - perhaps because my partner and I were dressed rather casually and we look quite young. Once downstairs, there were no staff members to greet us, so we were left wandering the venue despite having made a reservation. It was clear they were severely understaffed. I finally flagged down a staff member who promised to get us seated after he put some glasses away. It took him 2 more trips before he finally sat us. The booth we were sat in was cramped and hard to move around in and the music was incredibly loud and therefore it was hard to have any conversation. The cocktails were good and the desserts were okay (much better on paper than in reality). My partner and I finished our food and drinks as quickly as possible and got out of the loud, cramped, chaotic, and slow to serve venue. What a disappointing way to end our valentines weekend celebration. Grace visited Basement Sate on 11 Feb 2017
13 Feb 2017 by
2

Always very good service and quality cocktails at Basement Sate. Unfortunately as with anything good in London, it catches on and was packed with 20 year olds ordering beers this past weekend. Looking forward to hearing more about the 2nd location! visited Basement Sate on 11 Feb 2017
13 Feb 2017 by
4

Really cool bar. Had a great date there. Tried a few of the cocktails and thought they were average, all a bit too sweet. Other than that, really good, started elsewhere then came here, definitely worth booking a table. visited Basement Sate on 11 Feb 2017
13 Feb 2017 by
4

Great cocktail bar. Friendly staff and delicious drinks. Definitely recommend this place, a hidden gem of London James visited Basement Sate on 10 Feb 2017
12 Feb 2017 by
5

Great, place as always - will definitely visit again. visited Basement Sate on 02 Feb 2017
06 Feb 2017 by
4

Quick service and a good balance betwen attentiveness and giving us space. Drinks and food were delicious. visited Basement Sate on 03 Feb 2017
05 Feb 2017 by
5

Lovely bar, great basement/prohibition atmosphere. Cocktails were great but adventurous so choose carefully!! My favourite was Jessica Rabbit! Staff were very attentive. I made a booking very easily online and would definitely go again :) Jessica visited Basement Sate on 02 Feb 2017
04 Feb 2017 by
5

Nice cosy venue with plenty of space on a Wednesday evening. Tasty cocktails and desserts, but the crudités with hummus were a bizarre bunch of random vegetables, few of which could be dipped into the hummus. Music was too loud, so it was hard to hear, and the service was terrible - disinterested waiters, who offered no advice on cocktails despite me asking several times for recommendations. Simon visited Basement Sate on 01 Feb 2017
03 Feb 2017 by
3

Lovely place, great for a cocktail in a quiet environment. Large selection of G&T and original cocktails ! visited Basement Sate on 29 Jan 2017
31 Jan 2017 by
5

Loved this place! Had a America prohibition era feel going on with loads of cocktails, cool music (jive style) and they had a band too which were great! Plus it wasn't packed so still plenty of room to dance and mingle with friends!! Definitively go there again! visited Basement Sate on 21 Jan 2017
30 Jan 2017 by
5

Great location and atmosphere with amazing desserts! 😊 visited Basement Sate on 28 Jan 2017
30 Jan 2017 by
5

Great venue, fantastic cocktails and music visited Basement Sate on 28 Jan 2017
30 Jan 2017 by
5

was great venue however we had a table booked and we were enjoying it for an hour until we were asked to move tables (to a much louder area) to make room for a bigger booking- not a good impression. visited Basement Sate on 28 Jan 2017
30 Jan 2017 by
4

Desserts were amazing, drinks too, but was too crowded and noisy. visited Basement Sate on 28 Jan 2017
30 Jan 2017 by
4

The venue is great - secluded and the ambience of a speakeasy or a smoky jazz cafe waiting for the first act. I have to say I was disappointed by the desserts though. Lacklustre to say the least and this is a prime USP of the venue. Also, there is a preponderence of cocktails containing syrups in various guises and hues which aren't to my, personal, taste. visited Basement Sate on 25 Jan 2017
27 Jan 2017 by
2

We had to wait quite a long time to be seated and considering the strict policy regarding us being late I had been expecting the table to be ready. Service was quite slow, but the cocktails were nice. visited Basement Sate on 20 Jan 2017
23 Jan 2017 by
3

Some great cocktails and whisky! However seating could be improved, very low on floor and with a back back it's not so ideal! However when asked to move the bar staff did try and rectify. visited Basement Sate on 21 Jan 2017
23 Jan 2017 by
4

Great Cocktails & service and lively atmosphere visited Basement Sate on 20 Jan 2017
22 Jan 2017 by
5

Had a great night for my best friend's birthday. Called ahead as we were running late and the staff thanked us for keeping them in the know. Vegan Pavlova was great as well as a wide selection of cocktails. Only downfall is the severe displays of PDA taking place, like, trying to lick out their insides via the mouth type PDA, unless you are into that, then that is also a positive for you. visited Basement Sate on 17 Jan 2017
19 Jan 2017 by
5

Had an amazing date night. Quiet, secluded, great jazz and gentle hip hop music in the background and beautiful leather sofas. Super cozy with candle lit tables and the desserts were incredible! The dark fondant is to die for and the waiters were nice. I loved it so much, totally recommend for date nights! Fadzai visited Basement Sate on 16 Jan 2017
18 Jan 2017 by
5

Great cocktails, even better atmosphere! All round good experience! visited Basement Sate on 13 Jan 2017
16 Jan 2017 by
5

Good ambience, suitably pretentious for a birthday treat. Drinks list was great and lovely cocktails - bit disappointed in the desserts though. Looked amazing but weird flavour combinations and very small. bokey visited Basement Sate on 07 Jan 2017
11 Jan 2017 by
4

Nice bar, small cocktail menu, which mean't when asked for something not on the menu they couldn't accommadate as did not have the ingredients in stock visited Basement Sate on 22 Dec 2016
11 Jan 2017 by
3

Great place slightly hidden away, but was perfect level of busy when I arrived and cocktails were great. visited Basement Sate on 07 Jan 2017
09 Jan 2017 by
5

Nice place- good bar chilling and meeting friends visited Basement Sate on 07 Jan 2017
09 Jan 2017 by
3

It was great, cannot remember the bartender's name but he served us some great drinks and with great service, top bar!! visited Basement Sate on 27 Dec 2016
04 Jan 2017 by
5

lovely cocktails, but being with my US friends the service was awful, no one came to the table for oder after the first time and the food took forever. visited Basement Sate on 29 Dec 2016
03 Jan 2017 by
2

Not really a quiet cocktail bar/speakeasy (which is what I was looking for), there weren't enough waiters/serving people. I hear the food is good, but the nibbles I had were only so-so. Drinks were decent though. visited Basement Sate on 22 Dec 2016
28 Dec 2016 by
3

Great place for intimate cocktails and unusual but tasty drinks! visited Basement Sate on 19 Dec 2016
21 Dec 2016 by
5

Nice place, good menu but service not so great... Brooke visited Basement Sate on 17 Dec 2016
19 Dec 2016 by
3

Great location and fab staff! visited Basement Sate on 13 Dec 2016
15 Dec 2016 by
5

Nice bar, not quite as elaborate as I was expecting from the description but the cocktails were really good! Staff were friendly, we had reserved a booth which was perfect for our group. Would definitely go back kisrty visited Basement Sate on 02 Dec 2016
15 Dec 2016 by
4

The staff and drinks here are always good. However, it was so warm and dark in there we had to use phone light to see the menu, and nearly fell asleep in the coccoon-like atmosphere! visited Basement Sate on 03 Dec 2016
05 Dec 2016 by
4

Amazing atmosphere! Great staff, service and drink selection! The perfect date spot! visited Basement Sate on 02 Dec 2016
04 Dec 2016 by
5

Excellent service. Delicious cocktail. Seductive ambience. visited Basement Sate on 25 Nov 2016
28 Nov 2016 by
5

Good drinks and atosphere but very slow service and hardly any food was available from the limited menu. visited Basement Sate on 16 Nov 2016
18 Nov 2016 by
3

Great place. Really chilled out. Good for dates! visited Basement Sate on 13 Nov 2016
15 Nov 2016 by
4

Pretty awesome night, music had me bopping my head and great waiter service. visited Basement Sate on 12 Nov 2016
14 Nov 2016 by
5

Service: It was easy to book, and when I potentially had two extra people who may or may not join the party, staff quickly responded via email and were very flexible. On the night, we were running late and calling up to delay our attendance was easy. When we arrived even later than I had postponed our booking, the staff present on the night were very warm and accommodating. For nights in London that never go exactly to plan, Basement Sate did their best to make sure ours wouldn't be ruined. Cocktails: Delicious and creative, worth the price, especially considering cocktails in all the surrounding areas are not that different in price. Desserts: This is perhaps the most unique part and they were delicious! Atmosphere: I didn't like the music, everything else about the vibe of the place was good otherwise. visited Basement Sate on 04 Nov 2016
06 Nov 2016 by
4

Average food, good service, nothing special visited Basement Sate on 29 Oct 2016
31 Oct 2016 by
3

Amazing desserts and a really cool vibe! visited Basement Sate on 25 Oct 2016
27 Oct 2016 by
5

I love the venue, cocktails were great but on both occasions I've found the service to be way too slow. garciaone visited Basement Sate on 23 Oct 2016
25 Oct 2016 by
2

Desert plus cocktails plus great staff who could ask for more! Wolfberry cocktail is amazing! jill visited Basement Sate on 15 Oct 2016
17 Oct 2016 by
5

We went as a surprise birthday treat for a friend and she loved it! The food and cocktails were very good! A great place for a treat! visited Basement Sate on 15 Oct 2016
17 Oct 2016 by
5

Cool bar, knowledgable staff. Paid just over £70 for 4 cocktails and 2 desserts Danny visited Basement Sate on 12 Oct 2016
14 Oct 2016 by
4

Well made cocktails but the dessert we ordered to share was a travesty. Stale sponge and tasteless jelly. Stick to the drinks. It's what everyone else in the bar was doing. simonrobins visited Basement Sate on 01 May 2016
04 May 2016 by
2

Went on a Sunday night and very quiet . You need to be in the know to know that this bar exists as no signage !! Great mood and fab atmosphere in the bar . We had 2 desserts and both were just amazing . Go out for dinner and come here for your dessert and after dinner drinks !!! The best .... asal490 visited Basement Sate on 10 Apr 2016
12 Apr 2016 by
5

I really like this place. It's completely hidden away and it's easy to miss it as you walk past. The desserts are great for sharing and are pretty much works of art. I had a great mango cheesecake one last time I went, which went well with the passion-fruit Martini!
21 Mar 2016 by
4

Went Tuesday evening, had a couple of cocktails and one dessert all delicious, staff very friendly, hard to find, love the note on the door. Would recommend and will be returning at3110 visited Basement Sate on 23 Feb 2016
25 Feb 2016 by
5

Visited Basement Sate on a Thursday night and the place was pretty hopping. The music was lively and the desserts were delicious. Didn't opt for a cocktail but they looked great all the same.
16 Feb 2016 by
4

shame not very pleasant staff quite a poor attitude would not go there again, if you going to be that rude should not be in the job and I have to write min 30 words to do this review, but think summed this place u-p in one sentence, would not give it one star but site wont let me leave nil robert visited Basement Sate on 06 Feb 2016
08 Feb 2016 by
1

I made a booking for 8 people in the bar area and when I arrived I was directed to an area with three bar stools and about 10 other people. When I queried this and asked how my party of 8 is supposed to fit here, I was told that this is what a bar area booking is, and that I should just order a drink and enjoy myself - I obviously didn't hang around! Terrible service. I work in hospitality and I would've expected someone to call me to let me know that the bar area is just an alcove where everyone is squeezed in and not suitable for 8 people. An awful experience! Maia visited Basement Sate on 05 Dec 2015
08 Dec 2015 by
1

Awesome night. Fantastic staff and great drinks. Sadly Chef not around to make desserts. Music was a little loud would be nice if they could lower it a bit for chatting. Jade visited Basement Sate on 30 Nov 2015
04 Dec 2015 by
4

Rude waiter. Although knowledgeable about drinks, provided little else apart from an arrogant attitude and negative vibe towards our table. Won't be going again. For the service we received, found it to be overpriced. Dessert was ok, but could definitely find better at other Soho establishments nearby. tapz visited Basement Sate on 01 Dec 2015
04 Dec 2015 by
1

expected good things here, but the when we got in, the music was ok, not great. the crowd.. ok. We came for the desserts and drinks..but the list was short for both drinks and desserts. Good thing was we did get a seat and table as we reserved. Wouldn't come here again. Caleb visited Basement Sate on 13 Nov 2015
17 Nov 2015 by
1

Absolutely fantastic night... great service, great atmosphere and great dessert! Pierre is an absolute gent and took care of our every need... my girlfriends surprise party was a roaring success! Folu visited Basement Sate on 07 Nov 2015
09 Nov 2015 by
5

What a great night down in the basement. Staff were very attentive and friendly. We enjoyed the fact that it was not packed so we could have a proper girlie catch up. I recommend to book a snug area. The menu is limited but the few items on there are very good quality. Overall a nice venue to meet in the middle of soho. Thanks Conny visited Basement Sate on 06 Nov 2015
08 Nov 2015 by
4

Staff were so friendly and the venue was relaxed and fun. I started with the Little Japan, then moved on to the Provence, also completely delicious. Nice friendly crowd and pleasing music. Would recommend. Rebekah visited Basement Sate on 24 Oct 2015
26 Oct 2015 by
4

Great little bar for catching up with friends, and a booth for a birthday party with great drinks is perfect. Recommended! Was quiet too, not too hectic so was a good balance. joncleave visited Basement Sate on 20 Oct 2015
23 Oct 2015 by
5

Great little bar. Very comfortable atmosphere - somewhere not too busy but with high quality drinks. Excellent recommendations from friendly staff. Unfortunately the evening we were there, the chef was ill and so there was no dessert! The drinks are good enough to warrant a return visit though so hopefully we'll have more luck second time around!
09 Sep 2015 by
4

Chilled atmosphere (but not chilly); fabulously knowledgeable bartender; unusual, wonderful cocktails and breathtaking desserts. Awesome! Depending on when you arrive, there are some semi-private seating areas but positively the most comfortable vantage point was a swivel-pedestal, leather-padded armchair...
21 Aug 2015 by
5

Great place, very specialised. The music at times was a bit jarring and loud to nightclub proportions but cocktails, desserts, service (especially the doorman) were fab. I'd def go again.
03 Aug 2015 by
4

We went to Basement Sate for the first time on Friday night post-theatre. Service was fantastic. However the music was way too loud and a bit inappropriate for the space. Too much dance music though it looked like a chill place from the photos. Cocktails were tasty. Desserts were amazing. The green forest and kinder surprise were delectable. Knowledgable and attentive staff. We would have liked to stay longer but conversation was impossible with the music.
05 Jul 2015 by
4

Highly recommend Basement Sate. We had great service all night from a very patient Zoe and the space was perfect for catching up with friends. Great atmosphere which you can chat easily in without it being too noisy. Cocktails were fab as were the nibbles and desserts. Great location for everyone meeting up after work. Thanks for a lovely evening.
27 Jun 2015 by
4

Great night out and we were treated to lovely Bloody Marys although it wasn't on the menu. We had a fab time with there with impeccable service, lovely staff and amazing ambience.
21 Jun 2015 by
4

What seems like a Newly Refurbished Speak easy in the center of Soho. Great spot. red Door. Drinks are truly special. Space for small groups that are quite cool. Generally a Cool Spot. next time I am not going on a Monday
03 Jun 2015 by
4

Great bar, exceptional service, lovely cocktails (try the turtle one!). One suggestion though, maybe infused water like cucumber water in jugs would really make it on point. Will definitely go again . :)
31 May 2015 by
5

Cool bar, really nice staff, unfortunately the table we reserved a month before wasn't held for us and after 35mins standing waiting we left without a drink. Very busy on a Thursday night so reserving a table seems pointless.
02 May 2015 by
3

The decor in this new bar is really classy. Well done on that. Leather chairs and sofas and are nicely offset by the exposed brickwork and tastefully done bar display. The drinks are amazing. They're not your usual cocktails. They're well done and each have many interesting ingredients. Their citrus flavoured gin based cocktail was delicious. We didn't have any desserts but they looked amazing. This is well worth checking out.
18 Sep 2014 by
5

This place looks really great, I love new bars in Soho they're always really cool, especially when they're in a dark basement. Its cool that it is open so late too; more time for drinking!
25 Jul 2014 by
4

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